Las Vegas police officers cleared in 3 more shootings
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Office of Internal Oversight has released the findings in three more police shootings.
The Clark County District Attorney has already cleared the officers involved in the shootings on Aug. 20.
The three men killed were Jason Hull, Sept. 2011; Bernard Pate, Nov. 2011; and Jason Baires, Feb. 2012.
25-year-old Hull was killed during a confrontation at a Walmart on Rainbow Boulevard, near Spring Mountain Road.
He had attempted to use a fraudulent bank card at the store and pulled a gun on police officers that were attempting to question him after they were called by store employees.
Hull fired at the officers, hitting Officer Michael Ramirez four times.
Ramirez and three other officers returned fire during the following gun battle, which resulted in the death of Hull.
37-year-old Pate was killed in Nov. 21 after police gang detectives approached him at the Karen Pines apartment complex.
Pate had been acting "suspiciously" and pointed a gun at the detectives when they approached.
He was shot in the back by Detective Casey Clarkson.
Although the gang detectives were cleared in the shooting, an investigation discovered that they had not notified patrol supervisors in the area that they were in the neighborhood.
Gang detectives must now notify patrol supervisors when they are working in a particular area.
The third shooting -- 23-year-old Jason Baires -- took place on Feb. 1, 2012.
Police officers were attempting to contact Baires because he was a suspect in the murder of his mother's boyfriend on Jan. 31.
Baires was killed during a shootout with the Criminal Apprehension Task Team Force that includes police officers from Las Vegas and Henderson and the FBI.
One of the officers was injured during the confrontation but survived.
Complete reports into all three shootings are posted on lvmpd.com.